Atikh Rashid

Articles By Atikh Rashid

Maharashtra: To counter saffron surge, NCP banks on ‘Sambhaji’

Amol Kolhe, is one of NCP’s five MPs in the state, was elected from Shirur after defeating three-time Shiv Sena MP Shivaji Adhalrao Patil in a surprise upset.

Pune: Iconic Jayakar Bungalow opens to public as film library

Jayakar Bungalow, classified as a Grade-I heritage structure by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), was built in 1945 and was once home to Mukundrao Ramrao Jayakar, a barrister and the first vice-chancellor of the University of Pune.

Two-wheeler sales take a hit, industry pins hopes on festive season, slew of govt sops

As per number of registrations of new vehicles with Pune RTO, a 15.17 per cent dip has been noticed in sale of two-wheelers during May to July as compared to the same period last year.

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan: PMC’s ODF plan goes off track along railway lines

While the PMC is vying for ODF++ (Open Defecation Free) ratings from the Centre as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, claiming it has progressed two notches up in achieving ODF drive targets, the picture is starkly different along railway tracks passing through its jurisdiction.

How Osmanabad farmers joined hands to transform fortunes of a rain-fed district

The credit for this transformation largely goes to Prashant Narnaware, a 2008-batch IAS officer who served as district collector between October 2014 and April 2017, and officials of the agriculture department.

Pune: As they try to assess what they lost, flood-hit farmers report death of thousands of animals

The farmers have started to report missing and dead animals to the administration and the numbers that have emerged so far show that damage to the milk-producing clusters of Kolhapur and Sangli is considerable.

Maharashtra floods: 46 villages cut off, 29 dead

So far, 2.45 lakh residents of Sangli and Kolhapur have been shifted to 165 temporary camps. In Sangli, 32 teams of various agencies including National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Coast Guard were involved in rescue operations.

How a biometrics-based token system is reducing chaos on railway platforms

Issued 3 hours before train leaves, ensures only genuine passengers get on, cuts out ‘reservation’ by touts.

More movies undergo CBFC cuts now than five years ago

In 2018-19, the Board headed by Prasoon Joshi has asked 67.19 per cent films to delete scenes before getting an exhibition certificate.

FTII professors object to new Dean’s appointment, demand I&B Ministry probe

The professors, one of whom has sought protection as a whistleblower fearing harassment from the administration, have objected to the appointment of Dheeraj Meshram, who took charge as Dean (Films) in January 2019.

Green Maharashtra: Setback for drive in rain-deprived Indapur, Baramati

Across the state, 33 crore trees are to be planted as part of this drive and Pune district has been given a target of 1.57 crore. A total of 57 agencies, including government departments, local bodies, NGOs, and private individuals, have been allotted sapling plantation targets.

Pune wall collapse: Mortal remains of labourers sent to Bihar in special IAF flight

The bodies were dispatched from Pune at 8.45 am in the aircraft to Patna in Bihar and Bagdogra in West Bengal, they were then sent to their respective hometowns in Chhapra, Vaishali and Kathihar districts.

15 killed in Pune wall collapse: ‘Wanted to shout, couldn’t find voice’

On Friday night, Sharma and 17 others had retired to their tin shelters adjacent to Alcon Stylus housing society’s compound wall. They were asleep when the 150-foot wall collapsed over them.

Pune society residents wrote to builder in Feb: ‘wall dangerously exposed’

According to several residents of the housing society, ever since work on the adjacent site had commenced three months ago, they were apprehensive that the wall may collapse.

No more land left to plant trees, Pune forest dept to fall short of target in ‘Green Maharashtra’ drive

This year, in Pune Circle, a total of 2.37 crore saplings are supposed to be planted by forest and non-forest agencies.

462 from Pune district avail benefits of honorarium scheme

In June 2018, the state government had announced a monthly honorarium of Rs 10,000 for those imprisoned during the Emergency, imposed by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi from June 25, 1975 to March 31, 1977.

3 months after PMC asks PMPML to remove hoardings from BRT shelters, still no action

It’s been almost three months since and the “unauthorised hoardings” put at various BRT bus stops without having requisite permission from the sky sign department in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad are still intact.

Pune: Fergusson students from drought-affected areas slam DES

According to the students, the college administration has turned a blind eye to the sufferings of students coming from drought-hit areas by refusing to give them relief in various fees, even after the Pune University issued circulars to the effect.

Pre-monsoon thundershower drenches Pune, more in store

The minimum temperature dipped to 26.8 degrees Celsius, around four notches below normal. The maximum temperature was recorded at 37.7 degrees.

Central Railway ran fewer local trains between Pune and Lonavala despite rising demand

The total number of train trips has also remained stagnant — just 16 trips between Pune and Lonavala and 17 between Lonavala and Pune every day. There are both fast and slow trains on the route.